Gord Nixon of Major Pratt School in Russell, Manitoba was presented with the Nick Laping Leadership award. Nixon has been teaching and coaching high school sport for 39 years. During that time period, he has been involved with hosting 9 Provincial Championships, and his teams have won Five Volleyball Provincials, one baseball and one Fastball Championship. Gord was selected as MHSAA Coach of the Year in 2002-03, and his fondest memory was winning the AA Volleyball Provincials with both of his sons playing on the team. He is also quite proud that his son Kyle, a former MHSAA athlete of the year, is following in his footsteps and coaching at Stonewall Collegiate.